I would go help Lord, but…. I want to reach out and help that person, but… Yes Lord, I know you’re calling me to step out and do that thing, but… I want to change my bad habits Lord, but…
Have ya’ll ever noticed that sometimes our but gets in the way? Another word for this is excuses. I have lots of them. I would speak Lord, BUT someone hasn’t knocked on my door inviting me to speak at their event. I would write that thing you have put on my heart Lord, BUT everyone is writing nowadays. I would start working out in the morning BUT I just can’t seem to get up early enough. I would invite more people over for dinner BUT I’m just not a great cook. I would start a small group, BUT people make me nervous. I would do what you’ve put on my heart, BUT what if people think I’m crazy? I want to change the way I parent, BUT my kids will resist these changes. Really, there are thousands of buts.
Move your but. Really. Move it. Or have you not yet noticed it’s getting in the way?
There are so many stories in the Bible that would have ended up differently if people allowed their buts to make all the decisions.
Mark 1:16-18 describes a story about two commercial fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew. Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Verse 17- He called out to them, “Come, be my disciples and I will show you how to fish for people!” v.18- And they left their nets AT ONCE and went with him.
I wonder what would have happened if instead of being led by God they had allowed themselves to be led by their buts? It might have sounded something like this: “We would Lord, BUT how will we provide for ourselves?” Yes Lord, maybe, BUT we need to know exactly where we’re going first, then we’ll think about it.”
Mark 1:19-20 A little farther up the shore, Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets. He called them, too, and IMMEDIATELY they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men and went with him.
I wonder what would have happened if they were ruled by their buts? “Well Lord, we would totally follow you, BUT what about our father?”
I don’t even want to think about if Jesus had allowed himself to be led by his but instead of the Holy Spirit. “I would die on the cross for all of these wicked people, BUT I don’t want to endure the pain of the cross.” Ouch.
I believe Jesus is looking for people who hear his voice and follow at once and immediately. I believe we have allowed our buts (excuses, fears, laziness) to rule and run our lives for far too long. What is He asking you to do? Has there been something recently and you’ve heard yourself say, “yes, but…” I have had to challenge myself and continue to do so, to stop sitting on my but and learn from the disciples and say yes Lord.
The longer we allow ourselves to let our buts make all the decisions in our lives instead of being led by the Holy Spirit, well, sorry folks, but our but just gets bigger.
The blessing is on the other side of your but. Waiting, if you’ll just step out.
Lord, I’ve allowed my life to be run by my but so many times. Excuses, laziness, and fear have ruled and run my life for far to long. I want to be like the disciples, and follow you at once. I know that’s where the blessing is. Help me to step out. And Lord, every time I hear myself saying, “yes, but” would you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, show me what I need to do and give me the strength and the courage to say yes to you. When I am weak, you Lord, are so strong. Amen